Alvvays makes Rolling Stone's top 50 year-end chart

Toronto-based band Alvvays has made the Rolling Stone list of the Top 50 Albums for 2014.

New Music Express also includes Alvvays on year-end list

Alvvays have been gathering critical acclaim over the last two years.

Toronto-based band Alvvays has made the Rolling Stone list of the Top 50 Albums for 2014.

Alvvays also places number 11 on the list of Top 50 singles for Archie Marry Me.

Alvvays self titled debut album

While now based in Toronto the band has deep Maritime roots. Charlottetown's Alec O'Hanley formed Alvvays with Nova Scotia's Molly Rankin two years ago. O'Hanley was a member of Polaris Prize nominated Two Hours Traffic, Rankin the daughter of  John Morris Rankin of the Rankin family. 

Alvvays also features Island musicians Brian Murphy and Philip MacIsaac along with Cape Breton's Kerri MacLellan.

The band has won critical acclaim over the last couple of years, which is echoed by Rolling Stone in its year-end round up.

"Three minutes of uncut indie-guitar bliss," the magazine writes of Archie Marry Me.

The self-titled album, which sits at number 36 on Rolling Stone's Top 50 album list, earns further praise.

"The lyrics on this Toronto band's accomplished debut read like a great short-story collection, full of wild romance, quarter-life confusion and sly humor."

Members of Alvvays can add the nod from Rolling Stone to a long list of positive ink as publications trumpet the best of the year. The band made it to the Top 50 list of England’s New Music Express, and been singled out by the Huffington Post.

The record also topped CBC Music’s 30 Best Canadian Albums of 2014.

Alvvays will tour North America over the next few weeks, heading to Europe in January and February before opening for The Decemberists during that band's spring tour.


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